This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, “Twice Upon a Time,” has been revealed. Peter Capaldi, the 12th Doctor, will join David Bradley, portraying the first Doctor, for a moment stuck in what appears to be WWI.
The trailer, shown directly after the Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic-Con, shows both the first and 12th doctors uniting, trapped in a single moment in time. The trailer shows two men on a battlefield, frozen, pointing guns at each other. The camera cuts to a solider, played by Mark Gatiss, who asks Capaldi and Bradley if they happen to be doctors. The following camera cuts show both doctors working together, because of course, two is better than one.
Pearl Mackie, who plays Bill Potts, will return for this episode but will not be returning for the next season as a companion. “Twice Upon a Time” will be Capaldi’s final episode as well, ending his three-season long run as The Doctor.
As for Gatiss, this episode marks his fifth appearance in the show. In the past, he’s played minor roles such as Lazarus in “The Lazarus Experiment,” Danny Boy in “Victory of the Daleks” and “A Good Man Goes to War,” and Gantok in “The Wedding of River Song.” This time around Gatiss will be playing ‘The Captain,’ though we’re not quite sure what that means just yet.
The forthcoming Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, is believed to make her debut as the show’s first female regeneration in this year’s Christmas special, but she was not shown in the teaser trailer. “Twice Upon a Time” will air this Christmas Day on BBC.
Trekkies and newcomers to the series just got a more in-depth look at the latest entry into the Star Trek series. Star Trek: Discovery is coming on CBS All Access in September, and a substantial trailer was released at a Comic-Con showing more of the crew and the Klingons. You check out the trailer above.
Star Trek: Discovery is set before the original ’60s series. It focuses on the story of lieutenant Michael Burnham (played by Sonequa Martin-Green) and what appears to be a series of fiery battles between Starfleet and the Klingons. Last year, Showrunner Bryan Fuller spoke at the Television Critics Association conference and said he and his team were keen to break with Star Trek tradition.
“The story that’s fascinating for me now is not from the captain’s perspective,” he said, via Polygon. “We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view and we wanted to do something different.” Fuller also said he was committed to diversity in casting, and choosing a female lead character was an important move for him.
“Star Trek started with a wonderful diversity in its cast,” he said. “Infinite diversity in infinite combinations, as Spock would say. We are absolutely continuing that tradition. We’ll probably have some more aliens than usual in our cast, too.” The show also stars Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Chris Obi, and Doug Jones.
Star Trek: Discovery’s release date had been delayed in the past, but the show will now premiere September 24 on CBS in the US and CraveTV in Canada. Outside of the two countries, Netflix will stream the show. For more news and features from Comic-Con 2017 check out GameSpot’s full coverage.
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We still haven’t seen much of Captain Marvel, but today Marvel gave us a few more details about the movie. At San Diego Comic-Con, the company announced that it’ll take place in the 1990s, and Captain Marvel will be facing off against a classic foe: Skrulls.
We now know that Captain Marvel will act as a prequel to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, taking place during the ’90s. We don’t have any other information on the setting, but we’re guessing that there’ll be a lot of throwback references for fans who grew up during the decade.
First concept art of Brie Larson as #CaptainMarvel who will face the Skrulls in a 90s set film. pic.twitter.com/yB8izslz0A
— Adam @ SDCC 2017 (@adamhlavac) July 23, 2017
Perhaps the biggest reveal, though, was that she’ll be battling the Skrulls, a species of extraterrestrial shapeshifters. The Skrulls were revealed in a couple pieces of concept art that Marvel showed at its panel today; you can see it above, courtesy of Adam Hlavac. Interestingly, Skrulls have traditionally shown up in Fantastic Four comics, and so their movie rights are co-owned by Fox and Marvel.
In addition, Marvel announced that Samuel L. Jackson will once again be playing Nick Fury. And, since it’s set in the 1990s, Fury has both eyes.
Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island) and is set for release on March 8, 2019.
Black Panther was the final event at Marvel’s big San Diego Comic-Con panel tonight, and to cap it off the company released a new poster for the film. Although we don’t yet get to see any of the footage Marvel showed at the panel, the poster is still pretty cool.
It shows the superhero standing atop a massive stone panther. In the background, a variety of ships fly toward a city that appears a little worse for wear. Fires burn among the skyscrapers, while a smoke cloud hangs over the whole metropolis. Check it out:
Marvel gave Hall H attendees a great show, revealing a scene and a trailer. According to attendees–and a handheld video shared by Fandango–the reveals were exciting enough to spark a standing ovation.
Although there’s no new footage for the public to see, you can watch Black Panther‘s first trailer here. The movie is directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed). Chadwick Boseman plays the superhero, and its cast includes Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. It hits theaters on February 16, 2018.
Overwatch’s newest character, Doomfist, was a long time coming–his existence in the lore was known before the game released, and players had been clamoring to see him since launch last year. But the character that will soon be available is quite different from earlier versions that Overwatch’s developers worked on.
At San Diego Comic-Con tonight, Blizzard hosted a panel where it discussed the development process of Doomfist, sharing early concept art and ideas that didn’t ultimately make it into the final iteration. Lead designer Geoff Goodman explained that an early version of Doomfist was able to physically pick up enemies. This allowed him to use them as human shields to absorb damage or even throw them off of cliffs.
“But as fun as this is, it’s getting away from the original idea of Doomfist,” Goodman explained. “He’s not a wrestler. He’s not a luchador.”
Another thing Doomfist could do was pick up pieces of the ground and throw them as projectiles. This would allow him to “pick up big rocks and knock Pharah out of the air.” And his Ultimate, where he flies into the air and then slams down, started out as part of Orisa’s kit before being moved to Doomfist.
Also addressed was the question of why Doomfist doesn’t simply punch people more directly. It all goes back to the issues Blizzard encountered with melee attacks when designing Genji, who at point only had a sword. That style of gameplay was difficult to get that right, so Blizzard ultimately introduced ranged attacks like his shurikens; similarly, Doomfist ended up with ranged attacks. While he can shoot bullets, an earlier version of his ranged attack involved him punching the air, which caused a “phantom fist thing” to shoot out in front of him.
Blizzard noted that Doomfist was considered a tank early on in development. Although the developers believed this made sense, Goodman noted, “It ended up feeling weird. His fist can’t be crazy lethal. And we can’t have a Roadhog-like situation coming back.”
Doomfist is playable now on the Public Test Realm in the game’s PC version; he’ll be launched in full on all platforms on July 27. Since his introduction on the PTR, he’s already seen some adjustments.
We’re now less than a month away for the debut of Netflix’s latest Marvel series, The Defenders. With Comic-Con underway, a new trailer has arrived for the show.
The Defenders is a crossover series of sorts featuring characters from Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. This new trailer provides us a look at the protagonists of those series, as well as Elektra Natchios, who was previously seen on Daredevil, and Alexandra, an antagonist played by Sigourney Weaver.
The new series stars Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Finn Jones (Iron Fist). Aside from Elektra, they will be joined by a variety of other characters from the individual Netflix shows, including Daredevil‘s Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Jessica Jones‘s Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss), and Luke Cage‘s Misty Knight, played by Simone Missick.
The Defenders premieres on Netflix on August 18; it follows the poorly received Marvel show Iron Fist, which premiered in March. That show was confirmed to be receiving a second season during a Comic-Con panel tonight. Beyond all of this, a third season of Daredevil and second for both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are also in the works, as is a new Punisher series.
Ahead of Project Cars 2’s release in September, you might be wondering what cars and tracks are in the simulation racing game. GameSpot recently had the chance to play the game and we created videos that show off all the cars and tracks–and there are a lot.
As announced previously, there are 180 cars in Project Cars 2 and 60 tracks. Each of the cars has been “faithfully built to exacting standards,” developer Slightly Mad said, adding that car manufacturers have signed off on the game’s designs. Not only that, but real-world drivers have even tested the cars to ensure their authenticity.
There are a number of big-name car brands represented, including Ford, Lotus, and McLaren. There are modern-day cars and classic ones, while you can also race in open wheel and indycars. Karts are also in the game, if that’s what you’re looking for.
As for the tracks, the 60 courses make up the “largest track roster on console” ever. The courses are from all around the world, including North America and Europe. In a blog post, Slightly Mad said the tracks were “carefully chosen to reflect the 9 motorsport disciplines and 29 series that come with Project Cars 2.”
Additionally, the courses will be affected by four seasons of weather, as well as transitions from day to night. Drivers will also have to contend with the elements, as ice, snow, mist, wind, and rain will all bear down on the courses.
In other Project Cars 2 news, the game’s season pass and pre-order bonuses have been announced–you can read more about them here.
Project Cars 2 launches on September 22 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. We were able to talk with some of the developers of the game at E3 2017, and you can check out the interview here. In addition, you can read our interview with the developer from earlier this year here.